Message Number: YG5330 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Dianna Saenz
Date: 2001-07-10 12:55:00 UTC
Subject: RE: [Ferret-Health-list] Vets: Need advice on difficult
adrenal case (vascular surgery, caval ligation, cryosurgery, etc.)


I am a little late in responding to your post as I have been very busy,
if you have figured out what to do for Florian than disregard. I live in
San Antonio and so only about an hour and a half from you and my ferret just
had surgery for adrenal. She had a tumor on the left and a larger tumor on
the right and it was encompassed around the vena cava and spread to part of
the pancreas and the liver. Our vet is AWESOME, she was able to remove the
left and was going to try cryo (which they do often) only with the extensive
involvement of the vena cava she was not able to do that she said. My
understanding is that she ligated the vena cava and removed the right and
the tumors on the pancreas and liver and in essence she will be like a human
with addison's disease. But otherwise she should be fine. It has been a
week and she is eating and drinking and doing well. She is separate from
her cage mates and doesn't seem to appreciate it. She want to go play. She
is doing great. The vet said that she has a 75% chance of doing fine and
developing colatteral circulation and that would establish within 24-48
hours of the ligation , so I think we may be out of the woods. The vet said
that it took her a little over an hour when usually it is a 15-20 minute
procedure. I was totally impressed. He name is Dr. Thea Gates and her
husband does them as well, Dr. Leo Gates . If you need any more info,
please feel free to contact me privately.

Dianna & The Animal House